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HHuggins
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From: Laguna Niguel, CA
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 10-09-2002 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HHuggins   Click Here to Email HHuggins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just finished moving into a new (to us) house. The previous owners had the garage floor covered with some kind of tile, and it is CLEAN. My 'stang leaks a little oil and my wife is already giving me the stink eye. I've put some newspapers down temporarily, but is there anything else you guys could recommend for catching the oil and keeping me out of trouble? I think I remember someone once using a litter box with kitty litter.

Thanks!

HH

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johnmustang
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From: British Columbia , Canada
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posted 10-09-2002 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnmustang   Click Here to Email johnmustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Get a container of some kind that is 3 feet x 3 feet x 41/2 inches high. In the bottom put 2 inches of sand , the next 2 inches should be clumping kitty litter. This will keep your floor clean , your wife happy. As you scoop out the litter , and , you reach the level of sand , that is your indicator that you need more kitty litter. The sand will stay clean

JOHN

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Dad Vishus
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From: Moscow, Iowa, USA
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posted 10-09-2002 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dad Vishus   Click Here to Email Dad Vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you keep your wife outta the garage, as it should be, there isn't a problem, right?

Seriously, a little flat pan with some oil dry in the bottom should take care of it. Oildry and kitty litter are basically the same thing and oildry is probably cheaper. The last bag I bought was about 4 bucks for a 25lb. bag.

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ccode67
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posted 10-09-2002 01:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Depending on the amount it leaks, why not use a large cookie sheet, (don't let your wife catch you swiping it from the kitchen) and wipe it out once a week or so with paper towels and throw them away.

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Cruzer
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From: Lancaster, South Carolina, USA
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posted 10-09-2002 01:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cruzer   Click Here to Email Cruzer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's just marking it's territory. I think Pep Boys at one time had a tray for that. It was something like 2'x 4' & 2" high. That way it would fit the engine & transmission. Check your local parts houses.

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Square Pants
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From: Phoenix, AZ
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 10-09-2002 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Square Pants     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When we moved into our house I had a truck that leaked oil and we just used a small section of carpet underneath. It wasn't as messy as kitty litter can be and you won't trip over an oil pan.

The carpet I used lasted about 2 years before I had to throw it out, but that would probably depend on how bad your oil leak is.

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rockafellz
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From: San Lorenzo, CA, USA
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posted 10-09-2002 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Lee,

How about we help you try and fix the leak?

Where is it leaking from?

I hate leaks

Erik

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cynot65
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posted 10-09-2002 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65   Click Here to Email cynot65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No one is allowed in my garage. The house is for everyone but the "Cave" is Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine!
Tony C*
Leaks suck though and you should try to find,then fix it.(like you needed me to tell you that

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Square Pants
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posted 10-09-2002 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Square Pants     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rockafellz:
Hey Lee,

How about we help you try and fix the leak?

Where is it leaking from?

I hate leaks

Erik


Erik,

Actually, I long since got rid of the leaky truck and both my cars have no leaks. Thanks much for the offer of help though... This board is awesome!

My post was to offer an idea to HHuggins that may keep his wife from giving him the "stink eye" until he gets his leak fixed.

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bgseib
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From: Tyler, TX, USA
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 10-09-2002 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bgseib   Click Here to Email bgseib     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK - how about we try to help HHuggins
fix his leak?? I think that would be better than fixing up the floor of the garage... AND just to make the wife happy - you can fix the leak - then put some carpet down under the enging/tranny in case it leaks again... Cause you know - When mom's not happy - nobody's happy... : )

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mustangs68
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From: Buckroe Beach Va MCA#39406 M&M #12 Member Mustang Club of Tidewater
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posted 10-09-2002 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The neatest oil mat I have seen was a front door mat laid under the car..cheap..ez

However the best is Pig Mats www.newpig.com costly..but..hee-hee I get them by the 100 count bundle..the there's the Elephant mat,300 yards od pure absorant power

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 10-09-2002 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd fix the leaks.

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HHuggins
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From: Laguna Niguel, CA
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posted 10-10-2002 03:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HHuggins   Click Here to Email HHuggins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, maybe I misspoke. It isn't so much a leak as a very, very slow drip from the engine. Not really much, but enough to get my wife annoyed when I pull the car out and there is a little spot of oil on the floor.

HH

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Laguna Niguel, CA

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ctastang
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posted 10-10-2002 04:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ctastang   Click Here to Email ctastang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Miss Stang has a litter box under her just in case she does any more drooling.

Carole

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65darkhorse
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posted 10-10-2002 05:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65darkhorse     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I went even more low-tech - I just used a large cardboard box that I flattened and put under the car. When that was toast, I 'upgraded' to the current spare piece of carpet.

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